An official Oculus Rift 2 headset was cancelled shortly earlier than it went into manufacturing, says Oculus founder and Rift inventor, Palmer Luckey.
Luckey claimed as a lot in a tweet yesterday, responding to UploadVR’s report that Fb wouldn’t be replenishing inventory for the Oculus Rift S. The engineer, who departed Fb in 2017, mentioned he was “Imagining a world the place Rift 2 was not cancelled shortly earlier than going into manufacturing after which cancelled once more in favor of a a lot decrease spec Lenovo rebadge.”
Oculus Rift 2 Cancelled In Favor Of Rift S
What a bummer. Imagining a world the place Rift 2 was not cancelled shortly earlier than going into manufacturing after which cancelled once more in favor of a a lot decrease spec Lenovo rebadge…https://t.co/4bsWOoPbTp
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) April 6, 2021
Luckey’s tweet matches up with a TechCrunch report from 2018 that claimed Fb had cancelled a full Rift 2 headset, codenamed Caspar, which result in the departure of former Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe. The next 12 months, a brand new e book from Blake Harris made point out of two different potential Rift follow-ups, Tuzi and Venice, that by no means made it off the bottom.
The “decrease spec” headset Luckey is referring to is the Rift S, which was seen as extra of a small improve to the primary Rift when it launched alongside the unique Oculus Quest in 2019 with a bump in display decision and a swap to inside-out monitoring. A full-bodied Rift 2 would have doubtless included extra important technical upgrades and maybe new options. Forward of Rift S’s launch, Fb’s Jason Rubin himself mentioned that a full Rift 2 would “want to incorporate radical new tech.”
We now know, nevertheless, that that may by no means occur. At Fb Join final 12 months the corporate introduced the Oculus Quest 2 and, within the course of, confirmed it will be winding down gross sales of the Rift S, which it confirmed could be its final PC-only VR headset.
It’s changing into more and more clear why Fb made this transfer. Final week we reported that the Quest 2, having been on sale for round 5 months now, has already outsold each different Oculus headset — the Rift, Rift S, Go and Quest — mixed.
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